(6) Dinamo Minsk 1
(3) Dynamo Moscow 3
Dynamo win the series 4-0
Dynamo Moscow became the first team to progress in this year’s play-offs, wrapping up a 4-0 series win by sinking Dinamo Minsk 3-1 in Belarus. Today’s hero was Marek Kvapil, who scored twice at the end of the second period to swing the game decisively in Dynamo’s favor. He made it 2-1 on 37:51, then doubled the lead in the last second before the siren after the Belarusians saw Libor Pivko and Jere Karalahti pick up penalties.
Earlier Konstantin Volkov had given Dynamo a first-period lead which was cancelled out by Charles Linglet on 17:44. Now the Moscow side can rest, and wait to discover its opponent in the semi-final series which starts on March 13.
Afinogenov settles it
(8) CSKA Moscow 1
(1) SKA St. Petersburg 2 OT
SKA lead the series 3-1
Maxim Afinogenov got his first goal of the play-offs to give SKA a hard-fought overtime win at CSKA. As on Saturday, CSKA recovered from going behind to force the extras, but this time SKA did not allow a repeat of the Moscow side’s win. 103 seconds into the overtime, Afinogenov cut in from the right and startled Rastislav Stana with a powerful shot to win the game and give SKA a 3-1 advantage to take back up north on Tuesday.
Earlier Dmitry Kalinin had put SKA in front, but Sergei Shirokov leveled on 38:55 to give home fans hope of a repeat of Saturday’s battling success. Instead, it was the Petersburg side which prevailed - and which is now just one win away from progressing.
All to play for
(5) Severstal Cherepovets 4
(4) Atlant Moscow Region 0
Series tied 2-2
Severstal pulled its series with Atlant back to 2-2 in emphatic fashion, handing out a thumping 4-0 victory thanks largely to Vadim Shipachyov and Staffan Kronwall.
The latter opened the scoring on 30:32 following a delayed penalty call against Atlant: with an extra attacker on the ice for 20 seconds or so, the home side carved out an opening for Kronwall to score. Then Shipachyov picked up two assists, with Kronwall also contributing to the third goal, as Stanislav Yegorshev and Gennady Stolyarov made it 3-0 before the second siren. Evgeny Mons completed the scoring in the final session, and the action returns to Mytishchi with nothing to choose between the sides.
(7) Dinamo Riga 1
(2) Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod 4
Series tied 2-2
There was a similar story in Latvia, where Torpedo won 4-1 to square that series at 2-2. The visitors, who lost out to a 94th-minute goal after an incredible two sessions of overtime yesterday, showed few ill-effects from that marathon encounter. Juuso Hietanen opened the scoring on 5:27, and Dmitry Makarov made it 2-0 before the first break.